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Dedham Teen Helps Find Home for Homeless Family

The Noble & Greenough student helped a single mother find a new home in Dorchester.

Local students Melinda Edie and Sarah Kavoogian welcome single mom and daughter to their new apartment. From right to left: Melinda Edie, Gina & Ester (the recipients of the house), and Sarah Kavoogian. Photo courtesy of Heading Home
Local students Melinda Edie and Sarah Kavoogian welcome single mom and daughter to their new apartment. From right to left: Melinda Edie, Gina & Ester (the recipients of the house), and Sarah Kavoogian. Photo courtesy of Heading Home

A Dedham teenager recently helped in finding a new apartment for a homeless family in Boston. 

Melinda Edie, a student at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, spearheaded a volunteer project known with the Charlestown-based nonprofit Heading Home's "Up & Out" program.

Through the program, which allows volunteers to decorate and furnish a new apartment to a family's personal liking, Edie and Wellesley resident Sarah Kavoogian joined more than 10 friends and family helped a single mother and her daughter move into the Dorchester apartment last month.

"This was such a rewarding experience," Edie said. "It was so amazing that we could take furniture that no one wanted anymore and make an entire home for a family. This is something that I hope to continue for years to come. I twas so cool to welcome Ginna and Ester to their new home. The expressions on their faces and the gratitude they showed is something I will never forget." 

"My daughter and I are so happy in our new home," said Ginna, the mother and newfound occupant of the apartment. "It's been a long road, but now we have hope for a fresh start."

For more information, visit www.headinghomeinc.org.

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